Best Books of 2022…and Q1 2023

By Sarah Yurch | November 30 2022 | GeneralFictionNonfictionHolidaysBest in CategoryPromo Opportunity

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…that magical season when publications release their Best Books of the Year lists.

And while these lists from The New York Times, B&N, Amazon, Goodreads, NPR, and so many more are populated pretty much exclusively by frontlist titles, this opportunity doesn’t end when the ball drops on December 31. It makes sense that not everyone has time to pick up the year’s hottest reads amid the holiday hubbub. But we have evidence that once the busy holiday season ends, readers return to the titles they may have missed.

As we can see on the graph below, consumer searches for “best books of 2021” and “top books 2021 best seller” actually peaked in January 2022 and remained pretty steadily popular through March of this year:

So the best books of 2022 are likely to also be the top books of the start of 2023 as well. “Best of” lists really have legs, and this promotional opportunity continues long after we turn the calendar page.

Check out some of the top title selections below, or click here to see the full list of titles making the lists for 2022:

 

Lessons in Chemistry
A Novel
978-0-385-54734-5
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK • Meet Elizabeth Zott: a “formidable, unapologetic and inspiring” (PARADE) scientist in 1960s California whose career takes a detour when she becomes the unlikely star of a beloved TV cooking show in this novel that is “irresistible, satisfying and full of fuel. It reminds you that change takes time and always requires heat” (The New York Times Book Review).
$29.00 US
Apr 05, 2022
Hardcover
Doubleday
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)

Trust
978-0-593-42031-7
An unparalleled novel about money, power, intimacy, and perception
$28.00 US
May 03, 2022
Hardcover
Riverhead Books
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Constructing a Nervous System
A Memoir
978-1-5247-4817-3
“Jefferson’s candor, and the courage and rigor of her critic’s mind, recall a number of America’s greatest thinkers.”—Tracy K. Smith, The New York Times Book Review
$27.00 US
Apr 12, 2022
Hardcover
Pantheon
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Stay True
A Memoir
978-0-385-54777-2
A NEW YORK TIMES TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR • A gripping memoir on friendship, grief, the search for self, and the solace that can be found through art, by the New Yorker staff writer Hua Hsu “This book is exquisite and excruciating and I will be thinking about it for years and years to come.” —Rachel Kushner, New York Times bestselling author of The Flamethrowers and The Mars Room
$26.00 US
Sep 27, 2022
Hardcover
Doubleday
US, Canada, Open Mkt

The Rabbit Hutch
A novel
978-0-593-53466-3
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • A NEW YORKER ESSENTIAL READ • The standout literary debut that everyone is talking about • "Inventive, heartbreaking and acutely funny."—The GuardianA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Oprah Daily, People Blandine isn't like the other residents of her building.
$28.00 US
Aug 02, 2022
Hardcover
Knopf
US, Canada, Open Mkt

Lucy by the Sea
A Novel
978-0-593-44606-5
From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout comes a poignant, pitch-perfect novel about a former couple in lockdown together—and the love, loss, despair, and hope that animate us even as the world seems to be falling apart.
$28.00 US
Sep 20, 2022
Hardcover
Random House
US, Canada, Open Mkt

An Immense World
How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
978-0-593-13323-1
A grand tour through the hidden realms of animal senses that will transform the way you perceive the world—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling author of I Contain Multitudes.
$30.00 US
Jun 21, 2022
Hardcover
Random House
US,OpnMkt(no EU/CAN)